Janne Teller

Become a Fan

Janne Teller was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has written several award-winning novels that have been translated into a number of languages. Nothing is the winner of the prestigious Best Children’s Book Award from the Danish Cultural Ministry and is also a Printz Award Honor Book in the United States. Janne lives in New York City and Denmark.

Photograph by Anita Schiffer-Fuchs

Books by this Author


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Courage is to do what I fear doing

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A cat

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Animal psychologist

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Overcoming my child hood with my sanity intact and no resentments.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Feeling, sensing, thinking, learning, being - first and foremost the sensation of being alive. Of living completely with all of the being you are.

This is also why I believe one can be perfectly happy even while in a very unhappy moment of life.

It might sound paradoxical, but not if you see unhappiness as the sensation of letting life pass before your eyes without it touching you, uninvolved, unengaged. Unalive. As an animal in the zoo. Or a zombie.

Living life is perfect happiness.

Janne Teller on the Web